Confederations of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad has today arrived in Somalia for a two-day working visit, his first to the Horn of Africa region since taking over as head of the continental authority in March.
Ahmad was welcomed at the Mogadishu Airport by Somali Minister for Youth and Sports Khadija Mohamed Dirive, president of the Somali Football Federation (SFF), Abdiqani Said Arab and other Government officials.
Abdiqani praised Ahmad’s visit to the country, terming it a big day for Somali football. “This is a big day for Somalia and Somali football. We are proud to have the CAF President here.”
Abdiqani also thanked the CAF president for keeping his campaign promise of visiting Somalia to find ways of improving football in the country.
On his part, Ahmad expressed satisfaction with the warm reception whilst hoping for fruitful discussions with stakeholders towards the development of the game in Somali.
“Today is a big day for Somalia and all of us. I congratulate the Somali people and the new Government. Somalia deserves our support because it is an important part of Africa,” he said.
“I have said that we will support all African countries including Somalia. We have a lot to do and it’s time to work. I therefore start my official work from Somalia as promised,” he added.
Ahmad is expected to visit the Mogadishu University Technical Centre, Mogadishu Stadium and Banadir Stadium.
Somalia is one of the world’s worst ranked football team, with sports generally performing poorly due to the war that has hit the country for years.